While Sharp's Zaurus got most of the attention in the field of Linux PDAs (personal digital assistants) at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, Royal was quietly unveiling its Royal Lin@x PDA.

Royal's Lin@x is based on the same Intel 206MHz StrongARM processor that powers devices such as Compaq's iPaq and HP's Jornada, as well as Sharp's Zaurus.

It features a colour display, 16MB of flash ROM and 32MB RAM, Royal said in a statement.

When Royal's Lin@x launches next quarter in the USA, priced at the equivalent of around £200 plus VAT, it will feature applications including an internet browser, address book, calendar and schedule applications, as well as handwriting recognition, a virtual keyboard and an MP3 player, Royal said. As yet it's unknown whether Royal will ship the unit to the UK.

The Lin@x includes a serial port, a USB port and a CompactFlash Type II slot for peripherals such as a dial-up modem and a wireless LAN card, the company said.